Whoopi Goldberg supposedly made a statement earlier on The View this week saying that she had worked with Mel Gibson, and although all evidence points to the contrary, her experience with him showed no signs of him being a racist. Well, of course the blog world reacted to that statement and said things like, “Why do you think he’d act racist toward a famous black woman?” and “Do you think just because he wasn’t racist toward you that he’s not racist at all?” Then people started calling up the offices at The View and chewing out Whoopi’s secretary, which brought Whoopi to make the above statement on the show yesterday.
I agree that a black woman might know better than me, a totally white woman, when someone is being racist. However, I think that Whoopi’s statement got the reaction that it did because there’s no way you can deny someone’s negative feelings about black people after you’ve heard them tell their girlfriend that she’s going to be “raped by a pack of n***ers.” Call me crazy, but Whoopi’s positive on-set experience with Mel can’t make me unhear those words.
Do you see Whoopi’s point or do you think that it’s as irrelevant as I do?